Old Fashioned Easy Apple Crisp

January 21, 2024

This easy apple crisp is made the old fashioned way like Grandma used to make, and is perfect with a scoop of vanilla (or candy cane) ice cream.


  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Other:
  • Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings: 6
  • Yield:


  • 6 golden delicious apples, peeled and chopped (other varieties can be used, can also be sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, diced into small cubes
  • pinch of kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Butter an 8×8 baking dish, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add chopped apples, granulated sugar, 3/4 tsp of the cinnamon and lemon juice.  Stir to combine, then transfer to prepared baking dish.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, add topping ingredients (brown sugar, oats, flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, and diced cold butter).  Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the oat mixture, using a slight downward twisting motion, until mixture resembled pea-sized crumbs.  Alternatively, you can use two forks or even your hands to cut butter into the mixture.
  4. Spread topping over apples in baking dish, and gently pat to even it out.  Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.


  • I substituted honey crisp apples for golden delicious apples.


  • 2024-1-21 – Made as dessert for a roast dinner. I used honey crisp apples because I had them but might switch to granny smith next time. I only needed 5 apples vs. 6 because these were pretty big. After baking there was a noticeable amount of liquid at the bottom. It tasted good but presentation would be better without this. Suspect granny smith would release less water. This said, taste and consistency were very good.